Venice Beach through the lens

Venice Beach, Los Angeles

Venice Beach through the lens

Photography enthusiasts can follow local insider Dotan Saguy to capture the frenetic energy of Los Angeles’ famed Venice Beach.

You’ll wind your way along the boardwalk – past muscle-bound types, roller skaters, street performers and bikini-clad sun worshippers – learning how to stealthily snap colourful characters to create dynamic photos. There’s rarely a dull moment on this famous strip of seafront, and you’ll learn to think on your feet to capture worthy-of-framing scenes.

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Dotan Saguy

Your insider

Dotan Saguy

Photographer

Israel-born Dotan Saguy grew up in a diverse working-class Parisian suburb, then lived in Lower Manhattan and moved to Los Angeles in 2003. In his past working life, Dotan was a successful tech entrepreneur, but in 2015 he shifted his focus to his passion for photography, attending the prestigious Eddie Adams Workshop and studying photojournalism at Santa Monica College. His award-winning photographs have been published by National Geographic, the Guardian and the Los Angeles Times; his first book – on the gritty culture of Venice Beach – was released in 2018.

Capture the colourful characters and sandy scenes of the palm-lined boardwalk

Duration
4 hours
Start Time
Tours run between the hours of 14:30 and 18:30
Booking
Call our travel specialists 24/7 on 1 800 464 2040 or contact us to find availability
Where you'll go
You’ll meet Dotan Saguy at a people-watching–primed café on the Venice boardwalk, where he’ll give you a primer on the cultural history of the area and a run-down of the most effective techniques for photographing strangers. You’ll stroll along the boardwalk, stopping at the historic Muscle Beach gym, the Venice Skate Park, public art walls, the breakwater and more. Along the way, Dotan will dish on the cultural context of each spot and the best photography techniques to employ. You’ll end your experience with a chat at a vintage bar and former speakeasy.
What you'll snap
Your tour will start with a brief history lesson on Venice Beach and why it’s so rich in cultural delights, then head out onto the boardwalk to snap away. Dotan will divulge strategic street-photography tips along the way; he’ll also guide you to the local hotspots and help you look for movement, frame shots and become comfortable photographing scene-stealing strangers. You’ll end your tour with feedback on your photo highlights from the day, or a discussion of other photography projects you’d like to pursue.
Experience location
You will be meeting Dotan Saguy on the Venice boardwalk; we’ll send you the details in your confirmation.